The Secret Money Project: The Organizations
September 22, 2008 Browse a directory of influential, behind-the-scenes people that run the independent groups active in the 2008 election cycle. These groups do not have to disclose their donors and spending the same way the candidates do. Some don't have to disclose at all. Many of the leaders are connected to more than one organization.
August 12, 2008 AFL-CIO is a federation of 56 unions, representing 10.5 million members. The federation has dedicated $53 million and 200,000 volunteers for a voter mobilization campaign this election season, its largest effort ever.
August 4, 2008 As a union for government employees affiliated with the AFL-CIO, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has 1.4 million members. The group originally endorsed New York Sen. Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primaries but is now backing Illinois Sen. Barack Obama.
August 4, 2008 America Votes is an umbrella group formed in 2004 to coordinate the efforts of liberal groups trying to defeat President Bush. Other than SEIU, it raised and spent more money than any other political action committee in 2006.
August 20, 2008 American Future Fund is a 501(c)(4) led by a collection of professionals who worked for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. The fund advocates free-market policies, offshore oil drilling and the development of nuclear energy. It's focusing its efforts on competitive Senate races.
August 4, 2008 As a liberal 501(c)(4) group set up by operatives of MoveOn.org, the Campaign to Defend America was originally supposed to become a vehicle for attack ads against the Republican presidential candidates.
August 4, 2008 As a conservative group, the Club for Growth's goals include making President Bush's tax cuts permanent. This year, the group has been active in congressional races but has not decided whether to support GOP presidential candidate John McCain.
September 8, 2008 This is an ad hoc coalition of industry groups opposed to federal legislation that would make it easier for workers to unionize. It's running a $20 million campaign targeting Democratic Senate candidates.
September 8, 2008 Coloradans for Economic Growth is a new advocacy organization that supports the Republican Senate candidate in Colorado, Bob Schaffer. Its leadership includes Republican and school reform activists.